Neil, who made his debut with 'Johnny Gaddar', stars in the titular role as an antagonist in the drama-thriller directed by Bejoy Nambiar.

"Wazir is nothing but dark, he mocks and enjoys somebody else's pain. This is my darkest portrayal yet. I myself was quite shocked that I played this character. He is very unpredictable... Whether it's his face, voice or look, I had to work extremely hard for this," Neil said.

The 33-year-old actor said filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who is producing 'Wazir', was so impressed with his performance that he changed the name of the film.

The film tells the story of two unusual friends, a paralysed chess grandmaster, played by megastar Amitabh Bachchan and a grief stricken ATS officer, played by Farhan Akhtar, brought together by a twist of fate.

Neil said it was extremely tough to intimidate Bachchan, even though he was playing a character.

Even though the actor has played characters with grey shades in movies like '7 Khoon Maaf', 'Players' and recently 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', Neil says he is open to do romantic stories as well.

'Wazir' is scheduled to release on January 8.

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